Prisoner refuses court appearance

A man accused of a felony domestic battery apparently prefers the confines of the Edgar County Jail to the courtroom.

Vance E. Plew, 23, Paris, was scheduled for an in-custody appearance July 23 in Edgar County Circuit Court to answer for a Class 4 felony domestic battery with a prior conviction and a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery charges. An Edgar County deputy informed Judge David W. Lewis that Plew refused to leave his cell and make an appearance.

If the plan was to somehow stop the case, it didn’t work. Lewis assigned the public defender to represent Plew and set bond at $15,000. A special condition of bond is Plew cannot contact the apparent victim or the victim’s residence, and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. 

Plew is no stranger to domestic battery charges. He was charged twice in 2015 with domestic battery and those cases were subsequently dismissed. He pleaded guilty in May 2018 to a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery and received a two-year conditional discharge sentence. 

Other individuals appearing before the bench for the criminal and traffic call included:

 

In Custody

-Shawna B. Behiter, 43, Brocton, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 4 felony aggravated driving on a suspended license. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. She was remanded to custody.

-Joshua T. Bewley, 31, Paris, appeared in custody, was charged and pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail with good conduct credit to apply, 60 days in jail subject to a motion to vacate, one year of probation, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees. He was ordered to have no contact with the apparent victim. In exchange for the plea, the state dismissed a Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. Bewley was remanded to custody.

-Jennifer M. Herbek, 40, Kansas, appeared in custody for a bond hearing. She was granted a personal recognizance bond on her Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel. Herbek was remanded to custody pending release processing.

-Benjamin L. Hornbrook, 27, Kokomo, Ind., appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 1 felony burglary, a Class 2 felony possession of stolen property, a Class 4 felony criminal damage to property and a Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing to real property. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. Hornbrook was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Kristin D. Jewell, 37, Paris, appeared in custody. He was charged with a Class A misdemeanor criminal damage to property and a Class B criminal trespassing to real property. The public defender was appointed and bond was set at $2,500. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel, and Jewell was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Craig W. Kestner, 27, Carol Stream, appeared in custody and waived the preliminary hearing. He pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony possession of more than 100 grams but less than 500 grams of cannabis and a Class 4 felony obstruction of justice. The court ordered he will receive $30 credit for every day served. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Scott David LaBaume, 37, Chrisman, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor criminal damage to property. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. He was remanded to custody pending posting of $25,000 bond.

-Christopher R. May, 35, Terre Haute, Ind., appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine. Bond was set at $3,000 and a first appearance with counsel was scheduled. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-John L. Rainey, 27, Paris, appeared in custody, was charged and pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. In exchange for the plea, a second DUI charge was dismissed. The matter was continued for a sentencing hearing, and he was released on a personal recognizance bond.

-Brandon Wayne Timmerman, 39, Paris, appeared in custody. A personal recognizance bond was granted and his Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge was continued for a first appearance with counsel. He was remanded to custody pending release processing. 

-Matthew A. White, 33, Georgetown, appeared in custody for missing a previous court appearance for the petition to revoke his conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license conviction. He admitted the petition and was resentenced to 60 days in jail subject to a motion to vacate, one year of conditional discharge and ordered to pay all previous financial obligations. He was remanded to custody pending release processing.

 

Guilty pleas 

-Tina L. Huffman, 33, Granville, was charged and pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor retail theft. She was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees. In addition, she is banned from the Paris Wal-Mart for the duration of the sentence.

 

Not guilty pleas

-Bobbie J. Drueke, 37, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs charge. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

 

Other matters

-James W. Elswick III, 34, Paris, completed his community service work sentence for a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license conviction. His conditional discharge was terminated and the case was closed.

 

Warrants

Warrants were ordered when the following individuals failed to answer the court call: Randy J. Bramlett, 51, Metcalf; and Ashley Y. Dye, 24, Oakland.

 

The Prairie Press

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